North Mississippi Allstars have just announced their tenth studio album, Up and Rolling, which will be released October 4th. That’s a ways off, sure, but in the meantime the blues-rock trio have given us the first single from the record, “What You Gonna Do?” featuring legendary American gospel singer Mavis Staples.Continue reading →
Despite turning 80 this summer, Mavis Staples is showing no signs of slowing down. A week before its official release, the legendary singer, has shared her new album We Get By via NPR Music’s First Listen. Written with Ben Harper, the album is an intense and moving body of work. In line with her recent output, the music feels of the present, but in touch with the past. It is a rich listen, marked by Staples’ luxurious sounding voice. Continue reading →
Mavis Staples is having a busy year. The legendary singer and activist is about to release her 12th studio album, We Get By, and she’ll spend the next several months on tour — including three special birthday shows to celebrate her 80th. Continue reading →
Mavis Staples has announced that her new album We Get By will be released May 10. Produced by Ben Harper, it will be the legendary songwriter’s 12th studio album. The lead single “Change” is out now, setting the tone for an album that will be filled with Staples’ messages of love and hope for a divided world. Continue reading →
From alt rock heros to rising stars in hip-hop, a Philly favorite taking over three nights at Boot and Saddle in South Philly, while a soul queen posts up for two nights at World Cafe Live in University City. And the time of year being what it is, there are not one, not two, but three holiday shows on the calendar this week. Here are 16 concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia. Continue reading →
Six decades later, and legendary R&B singer Mavis Staples has shown no signs of slowing down. She’s 78 years old now and just self-released an album titled If All I Was Was Black in November. Not to mention, she is going on tour this fall, again, hitting various cities including Philadelphia on December 7th and 8th. The soulful veteran will be bringing her soaring melodies and signature growl to World Cafe Live not once but twice! Continue reading →
Soul singing legend Mavis Staples is still going strong at age 78 and has just released a new song called “Build A Bridge” from her soon to be released new album If All I Was Was Black, which she recorded with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Continue reading →
On December 1st, Wilco’s first two albums will get a vinyl and CD reissue.
Available through Rhino Records, 1995’s A.M. and 1996’s Being There will feature several new bonus and never-heard-before tracks, as well as alternate takes and live performances. A.M. will be reissued on CD and a double-LP, and Being There will be a 5 CD collection and 4 LP set. Fans are also invited to purchase the album directly from wilcoworld.net , where they will have access to an exclusive colored vinyl limited to 2,500 copies of each album. Digital formats of both albums will also be released on the same day. You can hear “Casino Queen,” “Passenger Side,” “Outta Site (Outta Mind),” and “When You Find Trouble,” some of the earliest, and favorite, Wilco recordings in their original form. Continue reading →
Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.
October is the coolest month – musically speaking.There are more (and, pound for pound, bigger) new releases flying around these days than any other time of year.It’s dizzying.And correspondingly, of course, there are also many many artists touring through town, now and in the coming weeks.It’s left me with little choice but to offer an, umm, especially generous baker’s dozen by way of my monthly recap below.So come feast your ears!
Among other things, last month saw a considerable number of comebacks, of varying magnitudes – returns to action, artistic reinvigorations, etc – from artists all across the spectrum.I’ve highlighted a good number of them below, along with a smaller, select handful of shining newcomer – most of whom turn out to be not entirely that new, after all.
The biggest (unintentional) theme for this month, a through-line linking all of these widely ranging selections, is the power of the voice.The playlist below features a striking array of voices – extraordinary voices and commonplace voices, singly or in multiple, highly processed or unadorned.And whether or not I call attention to to it in my write-up, each and every cut here offers something memorable in terms of its vocal dimension; a certain quality of the voice (or voices) at hand, or of the way that voice are used.Let it be a reminder for us all, to keep on using our voices. Continue reading →